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Vixen ED80SF 80mm ED Refractor OTA

$1,199.95

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Please note, this is a special order item. Ideal for visual observation, as well as short to medium exposure prime focus, eyepiece projection, and afocal imaging astrophotography techniques, the Vixen Optics ED80Sf 80mm... Read more

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Please note, this is a special order item.

Ideal for visual observation, as well as short to medium exposure prime focus, eyepiece projection, and afocal imaging astrophotography techniques, the Vixen Optics ED80Sf 80mm f/7.5 APO ED Refractor Telescope is ideal for an amateur astronomer or photographer who is looking for a highly portable, yet capable, kit.

Optically, Vixen outfitted the ED80Sf with extra-low dispersion (ED) glass in a fully multi-coated apochromatic lens system that corrects for both spherical and chromatic aberrations, astigmatism, and off-axis comas. This correction creates a wide flat field of view without distortion and removes the blue-tinted "halo" effect for true high-contrast color transmission. Threads on the drawtube allow direct connection of T-rings and other camera mounts. Complementing the optical performance is a precision Crayford-style focuser that employs a tension control system to eliminate backlash and achieve tack-sharp views, typically not possible with rack-and-pinion styles.

Included with the optical tube assembly (OTA) is a flip-mirror diagonal with dual 1.25" holders. The light path can be directed to the upper holder with the mirror in the up position, and to the rear holder by flipping it down. For visual observation, the mirror can hold two eyepieces to allow easy changes from low to high magnification. When using it for imaging, the camera or imaging system can be used in the back, and an eyepiece can be put on top to check alignment and tracking between exposures.

To provide a solid and secure observational platform, Vixen includes their Porta II manual alt-azimuth mount. Two control knobs, one for each axis, allows users to make small and precise adjustments for tracking subjects. Its two 120-tooth worm gears let the altitude and azimuth travel a full 360¬į circle. The Porta II operates without locks and clutches, but rather with a friction system. This means you can simply move the mount by hand to quickly find your subject, then use the slow-motion knobs to track.

Optical Tube Assembly
  • 80mm aperture draws in the amount of light needed for lunar and planetary viewing with the ability to see bright deep-sky objects
  • Moderate f/7.5 focal ratio makes it a competent astrophotography instrument for fast or moderate exposure times
  • 600mm focal length provides a moderate magnification potential while maintaining a compact form factor
  • Refractor-style light path delivers clear and sharp images
  • Extra-low dispersion glass corrects chromatic aberration across the entire visual spectrum for clearer views and images without halos or fringing
  • Apochromatic lens configuration eliminates spherical aberrations that cause distortion at the edges of the field of view, and further corrects chromatic aberration
  • Anti-reflection multi-coated optics improve light transmission to produce bright and clear high-contrast images with accurate color fidelity
  • Resolution: 1.45 arcsec
  • 60mm and 42mm adapter threads accept T-ring and camera mounts for astrophotography and imaging
  • Crayford-style focuser uses a tension rod to eliminate backlash while providing the precision focusing that rack-and-pinion styles usually cannot achieve
Porta II Mount
Mount:
  • Manual alt-azimuth design
  • 20-pound payload capacity
  • Clutchless friction control system is easy to move by hand and stays where placed
  • Dual-axis slow motion control knobs enable precise tracking and centering of objects with reduced vibration
  • 120-tooth wheel gears provide 360¬į movement on each axis
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle is compatible with a wide variety of OTAs
Tripod:
  • Two leg sections
  • Aluminum legs help to reduce weight
  • Adjustable 35.4-51.2" height accommodates a wide variety of users
  • Center tray stabilizes tripod while offering a place for accessories such as eyepieces and filters
Included Accessories
Flip-Mirror Diagonal:
  • 1.25" barrel
  • Dual 1.25" holders for the most common-sized eyepieces and accessories
  • Enables the use of two eyepieces or a guider eyepiece and imaging system
  • Flip mirror down to direct light straight back, or move it up to use upper holder
Finderscope:
  • 9x power ensures a wide field of view to make finding subjects fast and star-hopping navigation easy
  • Large 50mm aperture makes finding alignment and guide stars easy
  • Mounting bracket included
Carry Case:
  • Hard aluminum exterior with reinforced corners protects OTA and accessories
  • Custom-cut foam lining
  • Hinged carry handle
  • Dual snap-lock latches

Vixen: Vixen warranties its products to be free from initial defects in materials and workmanship for a specified period based on part type:

Vixen Electronic Parts: Limited One Year Warranty  

Vixen Mechanical Parts: Limited Two Year Warranty  

These warranties do not cover defects caused by owner negligence. If a product has a qualifying defect, Vixen will repair or replace such product or part thereof that upon inspection by Vixen or an authorized representative is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Vixen to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned together with proof‚Äźof‚Äźpurchase and product registration satisfactory to Vixen.

Warranty

At Stargazing Telescopes we are dedicated to making sure our customers receive the highest quality products. If for any reason you would like your purchase repaired or replaced, all you have to do is call us at 540 253 3466 or email us at info@stargazingtelescopes.com and we will advise you on how to proceed.

Warranties will not be valid for products that have been misused or tampered with by the customer, and each manufacturer retains the right to inspect the product to determine whether it is covered by their warranty. If an item needs to be repaired or replaced, the customer is responsible for shipping costs unless otherwise stated.

Please note, you must have proof of purchase (copy of your receipt) in order for the warranty to be valid.

Vixen: Please contact info@stargazingtelescopes.com for delivery times. Please note that import duties may be applied for special order items.

We provide free shipping on all orders over $99 within continental USA!

Order Confirmation:

You will receive an e-mail to confirm that your order has been placed. At this point your chosen payment method has been pre-authorized for your purchase.

We will confirm with the supplier that your item(s) are in stock and available for shipment. If your item(s) are in stock we will process payment and ship your order within five business days.

If your order is on back-order we will provide an estimated lead time. If you are happy to wait for the item, we will process payment to secure your order and ship your order as soon as it is available. If you do not wish to wait, we will void the pre-authorization and cancel your order.

If your item is out of stock or unavailable, we will void the pre-authorization and reach out to you via e-mail. 

Order Shipment & Delivery:

If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your pre-authorized payment method, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order unless otherwise stated.  We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address you provided when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us at orders@stargazingtelescopes.com. 

Delivery times will vary based on your location and shipping method that our vendors use. Within mainland USA, Economy shipping generally takes five to eight business days to arrive, and Standard shipping takes approximately three to four business days. 

Damages:

Please inspect the packaging of your item(s) when they arrive. If you notice any damage you should make note of it when signing for delivery.  If your item(s) do arrive damaged, please send photos to returns@stargazingtelescopes.com and we will contact the manufacturer on your behalf.

Vixen: 30 Day Return Policy. Vixen Special-Order Items have a no-return policy for ANY reason, other than warranty repair or replacement. A warranty claim will not be refunded.

We aim to make returns as easy as possible at Stargazing Telescopes. You may return your purchase within the allotted time frame that each manufacturer allows.

You will be responsible for the return shipping charges as well as a 20% restocking fee (20% of the price of product).

To request a return please email returns@stargazingtelescopes.com and include your name, order number and date of purchase. We will also require proof of purchase, which is a copy of the receipt.

Returns must be authorized before being sent. We will contact the manufacturer on your behalf and issue you a RMA number which is mandatory for returns.

To be eligible for a return, your item must:

  • be unused and in the same condition that you received it.
  • be undamaged and in the original packaging.

Products not eligible for return:

  • Products that have been used or tampered with
  • Products not in resalable condition
  • Custom orders
  • Products not in original packaging
  • Products that do not have an RMA number

The buyer is responsible for all shipping costs and must use the shipping method as specified by Stargazing Telescopes to ensure the item is not damaged in transit and is tracked and sent safely. Refunds will be processed within 14 working days from the point we have received your return.

Before your refund is approved, the manufacturer will inspect and process the items which can take up to seven business days. Return shipping charges and re-stocking fees are non-refundable. Shipping charges and factory re-stocking fees will be deducted from the total refund amount. You will receive a confirmation email when your return has been processed. Refunds will be credited to the original payment method and can take up to 72 hours to reflect on your statement.

Cancellations:

You may cancel your order any time before your item(s) have shipped. If your items are in-stock / back-ordered there is a $20 cancellation fee applicable before your items have shipped.

If your order has shipped, you (the buyer) will be responsible for return shipping charges (see Return Policy above for detail). Refunds will only be issued to the original payment method that was used when placing your order.

Damages:

Please inspect the packaging of your item(s) when it arrives, if you notice any damage you should make note of it when signing for delivery. If your item(s) do arrive damaged, please send photos to returns@stargazingtelescopes.com and we will contact the manufacturer on your behalf.

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Vixen ED80SF 80mm ED Refractor OTA

$1,199.95